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    November 1, 2012
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that's my plan to keep us strong. that's my commitment to you. and that's what is at stake in this election. now, change is a future where we reduce our deficit in a way that's balanced and responsible. i signed $1 trillion worth of spending cuts. i intend to do more. i'll work with both parties to streamline agencies and get rid of programs that don't work, but if we're serious about the deficit, we also have to ask the wealthiest americans to go back to the tax rates they paid when bill clinton was in office. because as long as i'm president, i will never turn medicare into a voucher just to pay for another millionaire's tax cuts. i will never allow this nation to be plunged into another battle over health care reform just so insurance companies can jump back into the driver's seat. i will never allow politicians in washington to control health care choices that women should be making for themselves.
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so, wisconsin, we know what change is. we know what the future requires. we don't need a big government agenda or a small government agenda. we need a middle class agenda that rewards hard work and responsibility. we don't need a partisan agenda. we need a commonsense agenda that says when we educate a poor child, we'll all be better off. that says when we fund the research of a young scientist, her new discovery will benefit every american. we need a vision that says we don't just look out for ourselves. we look out for one another. we look out for future generations, and we meet those obligations by working together. that's the change we believe in. that's what this election is all about. now, let's be clear. achieving this agenda won't be easy. it's never been easy. we always knew that.
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back in 2008 when we talked about change, i told i wasn't just talking about changing presidents. i wasn't just talking about changing parties. i was talking about changing our politics. i ran because the voices of the american people, your voice, had been shut out of our democracy for way too long by lobbyists and special interests and politicians who believe that compromise is somehow a dirty word, by folks who would say anything to win office and do anything to stay there. the protectors of the status quo are a powerful force in washington. over the last four years every time we've tried to make change, they fought back with everything they got. had they spent millions to stop us from reforming health care and wall street and student loans. their strategy from the start was to engineer pure gridlock in congress, refusing to compromise on ideas that both democrats and
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republicans have supported in the past. what they're counting on now, wisconsin, is that the american people will be so worn down by all the squabbling, so tired of all the dysfunction, that you'll actually reward obstruction and put people back in charge who advocate the very policy that is got us into this mess. in other words, their bet is on sin simple, but, wisconsin, my bet is on you. my bet is on the decency and good sense of the american people because despite all the resistance, despite all the setbacks, we have won some great fights, and i've never lost sight of the vision we share that you would have a voice, that there would be somebody at the table fighting every single day for middle class americans who work hard.
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now, sometimes republicans in congress have worked with me to meet our goals, to cut tacks for small businesses and families like yours, to open new markets for american goods or finally repeal don't ask don't tell, and sometimes we've had big fights, fights that were worth having, like when we forced the banks to stop overcharging for student loans and make college more affordable for millions, like when we forced wall street to abide by the toughest rules since the 1930s, like when we stopped insurance companies from discriminating against americans with preexisting conditions like cancer or diabetes so that nobody in america goes bankrupt just because they get sick. i didn't fight those fights for any partisan advantage. i have shown my willingness to work with anybody of any party to mover this country forward, and if you want to break the
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gridlock in congress, you'll vote for leaders whether they are democrats, republicans, or independents who feel the same way. if the price in washington to cut deals to kick students off of financial aid or get rid of funding for planned parenthood or eliminate millions of those poor, elderly, or disabled just to give a millionaire a tax cut, i'm not having it. that's not a deal worth having. that's not bipartisanship. that's not change. that's surrenders to the same status quo that's hurt middle class families for way too long. and i'm not ready to give up on that fight. i hope you aren't either, wisconsin. i hope you aren't either. see, the folks at the very top in this country don't need another champion in washington. they'll always have a seat at the table. they'll always have access and
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influence. the people who need a champion are the americans whose letters i read late at night. the men and women i metet on th campaign trail every day. the laid-furniture worker that's retraining at the age -- the small restaurant owner who needs the loan to expand after the bank turned him down. he needs a champion. the cooks and waiters and cleaning staff working overtime at a vegas hotel trying to save enough to buy their first home or send their kid to college, they need a champion. the autoworker who is back on the job filled with pride and dignity because he is building a great car, he needs a champion. the young teacher doing her best in an overcrowded classroom with outdated textbooks, she needs a champion. all those kids in inner cities
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and small farm towns in the valleys of ohio or sprawling virginia hills or right here in green bay, kids dreaming of becoming scientists or doctors, engineers or entrepreneurs, diplomats or even a president, they need a champion in washington. they need a champion. they need a champion because the future will never have as many lobbyists as the past, but it's the dream of those children that will be our saving grace. and that's why i need you, wisconsin, to make sure their voices are heard, to make sure your voices are heard. we've come too far to turn back now. we've come too far to let our hearts grow faint. now is the time to keep pushing forward, to educate all our kids and train all our workers to create new jobs and rebuild our infrastructure, to discover new sources of energy, to broaden
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opportunity, to grow our middle class, to restore our democracy and to make sure that no matter who you are or where you come from or how you started out, you can work to achieve your american dream. you know, in the midst of the great depression f.d.r. reminded the country that failure is not an american habit. in the strength of great hope we must shoulder our common love. that's the strength we need today. that's the hope i'm asking you to share. that's the future in our sights. that's why i'm asking for your vote. if you're willing to work with me again and knock on some doors with me and make some phone calls for me and turn out for me, we'll win bryant county again. we'll win wisconsin again. we'll win this election, and together we'll renew those bonds and reaffirm that spirit that makes the united states of
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america the greatest nation on earth. thank you, wisconsin. get out there and vote. thank you. god bless you. god bless america. ♪ >> president obama, you hear him -- his voice a little hoarse as is he working the crowd. this is his first of three stropz today. this is out of green bay, wisconsin, and the president there donning a bomber jacket -- leather bomber jacket emblazened with an air force one patch sounding very confident and moving forward. he tried to balance the speech a bit with talking about the people, the emergency officials that he has been in touch with regarding superstorm sandy and that he would, in fact, take good care to make sure that people are responding to that natural disaster. also, very much sounding like this is a time where they are trying to, the candidates, put partisan politics aside. here's what he said just moments ago.
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>> because when disasters strike, we see america at its best. all the petty differences that consume us in normal times all seem to melt away. there are no democrats or republicans during a storm. there are just fellow americans. >> want to bring in briana keiller, with the president in green bay, wisconsin. briana, i thought that was a really interesting passage there, part of this speech. there are no democrats, republicans during a storm. we're all just americans. well, some people say, you know what, the storm is over, and we are back to politics as usual. how is he balancing these two messages? >> reporter: well, this was really the segue. part of the way that he is balancing is by staying in touch, obviously, with officials in affected areas, getting regular updates from the head of fema and from his top aides, suzanne, but i think if we had any doubt we almost only needed look at the preview for
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president obama. charles woodson, the safety from the green bay packers warming up the crowd here before he got here. i think we should have taken from that that it is game on because that is certainly the sense that you could get from this speech after president obama talked about being humbled and inspired by sandy. he then moved into what you could say was a lot of his normal stump speech. he was talking a lot about how mitt romney was not the candidate of change. he said talking or not really elaborating on policies, not answering questions about policies, not change. he said that making changes to entitlements like medicare is change, but not the kind of change that americans want, and he gave really quite his sort of rouzing speech that you could say was very much making his argument for why he should be re-elected and why voters should not give mitt romney a chance, suzanne. >> let's talk a little bit about the sprint to the finish here, briana, because i imagine you'll be doing an auchl lot of traveling here. the president who will be campaigning today, of course, at
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nevada and colorado following this event. tomorrow he is in ohio. the weekend unbelievable the schedule here. we are talking about a blitz across seven battleground states. do we expect that the message is going to change? what is going to be the closing argument we're going hear from this president? >> you know, i think it is -- it isn't really just -- this to me, this event here, is really the kickoff to the final push. changed a little bit, obviously, because of storm sandy, but this became the kickoff, the final push. by my count he has 17 stops through monday before election day. who knows? more could be added. that may change. this is the first of 17, and when you look at it, more than half of those stops are going to be where? yes, ohio, but also here in wisconsin and iowa. this kind of midwest firewall as some have referred to it. he will be making his case in this region for the auto bailout. if you heard him make that
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today. he will be making obviously his case for fairness for the middle class, and that's really going to be what we'll be hearing him make through this push, and i think it's really interesting that you have him going to this region and concentrating a lot of effort here. bill clinton was here last night. he has an event that should be going off about as we speak, and there's a lot of attention here. vice president biden was here in wisconsin last week. paul ryan was here yesterday. mitt romney is going to be here tomorrow. wisconsin getting an outsized amount of attention, you could say. >> another place getting a lot of attention, virginia. that is where mitt romney earlier today gave a speech. he is going to be doing at least three different cities and towns in that state. i want you to hear this, briana. this is what his message earlier this morning. >> now, the president's proposal in a setting like this is to continue on the same road. he has a campaign slogan that was forward. i saw the signs out front. forward. i think forewarned is a better
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word. >> briana, yol, mitt romney has taken the gloves off. he is now going back on attack mode. do we expect that is going to play out the next five days on both sides? >> reporter: yeah. i think you already saw that here. you heard president obama saying that the romney campaign is betting on cynisism, that people will want to -- i think you're almost hearing in a way these mirror images of arguments, but i think, yeah, the gloves are off, and it is game on here into election day, suzanne. >> all right. game on. briana, good to see you, as always. thank you. election officials in new york are extending deadlines for absentee ballots because of all that damage from superstorm sandy. the state board of elections have an emergency meeting session. that happened just actually just a bit a while ago about the situation. they decided they're going on to push back the deadline for voters to apply for absentee
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ballots by mail or fax. the deadline was wednesday. it was extended through tomorrow, friday. now, voters can apply in person for absentee ballots as late as monday, the day before election day. the dead looerch for county election boards to receive absentee ballots that has been extended from november 13th to november 19th. the impact of sandy is still just settling in. >> i went to the boardwalk, and i seen the roller coaster in the water. i seen the boardwalk destroyed, and down by cvs on route 45 i seen a big house in the middle of the street. it was the most devastating thing i ever seen. >> we'll have more on the fallout from this historic storm. my doctor told me calcium
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and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well. soothes you to sleep with ingredients like melatonin. it's safe with no side effects, so you wake up... ready to go. [ male announcer ] unisom natural nights. zirjts the polls show president obama with a slight edge in some crucial states. the nbc-wall street journal-marris poll gives the president a six-point lead over romney in iowa, and it shows the president ahead by three points, and in new hampshire he has a two-point edge. both candidates, they are on the
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campaign trail today. of course, the president is returning for the first time since superstorm sandy hit. he is starting the day in green bay, wisconsin, and now it's on to vegas and denver. romney is it in virginia today. his first stop, roanoke, next stop dodwell and virginia beach. no republican has won the white house without caring ohio. a cnn poll shows president obama with a three-point lead over mitt romney in the state. the question is can he maintain it? ali velshi, jon avalon with us now. they've been talking to locals in a restaurant in youngstown, ohio. good to see you, guys. it's been very, very busy, i know. ali, i want to start off with you. 2008 president obama won ohio by four points. you have been talking to a lot of undecided folks. does it seem like he is going to get it? is it leaning his way? what are they telling you? >> it's tight. it's tight in ohio. i mean, all of these numbers are within the statistical margins
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of error. we're in place of youngstown that has been destroyed by the economy over decades. this was the second biggest steeltown after pittsburgh. then lost steel. then oil factories. lordstown which nearly got crushed during the recession. it's back. it's got three shifts. it makes the chevy cruz, and they have fracking. some people say it brings earthquakes. some locals say so what, we need the jobs. i spoke to one supporter who is going to support president obama, but she still has problems with the economy. here's what she told me. >> it's very hard for me to talk to the younger generation or the generation that's my age when you say you went to college and you owe $60,000 in loans and you're not making no more than a person that's working at a mcdonald's. >> yeah. so that's kind of the thing that we're hearing a lot of around here. you know, they like obama, and
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but really jobs are going to be the most important thing. you know tomorrow morning the big jobs report comes out. that's going to be pivotal. >> when you listen to that young woman, that is really kind of an extraordinary story, but she really brings it home. i mean, she's very frustrated. i imagine there are a lot of folks that are frustrated. john, i want to ask you this because we see this woman here, but ohio, what makes it so interesting is it's this reflection, this melting pot, if you will, of every group that is represented in across our country. you have the reagan democrats, the suburban moms, latinos, all these folks here. is there a split? is there a split in terms of what they are saying is their priority when they see this president and when they see mitt romney? >> well, suzanne, you know, you do see certainly a split in terms of the cities tend to vote democrats, the rural counties tend to vote republican, and it's the swing districts like stark county, toledo, where we're going today. those are the swing districts where this election will be decided. the key thing to understand about ohio and this is my mother's hometown, youngstown
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so, i know the character of the people here. there's been a great recession going on here for decades. the key is that the obama campaign's constant focus on manufacturing and the middle class and trying to say that, you know, the policies of the past got us into this mess, those resonate with folks. mitt romney has a relatability problem with some of those folks that have been beaten down by a economy for a long time, not just over the last four years, but these are folks that are commonsense people. they vote for the person, not the party. >> yeah. >> it's the mainstream republicans that mitt romney should be able to tap into. >> earlier this morning we had john's grandmother, who was born in youngstown. she's 97 years old. >> wow. >> they came over and started a rest raubt, a diner, but there's a lot of that around here. people who love this place, they love ohio. they wanted to do well. ohio is a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the country after being decimated. this is big auto country. mitt romney's comments about jeep and how they got government assistance and are leaving the -- send the job to china, he got smacked down by the auto
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companies. that's not playing very well here. >> it's not. suzanne, the other thing is that it is starting to come back. you know, this is the first time in a long time that ohio's unemployment rate is lower thanning the national unemployment rate. you're starting to see a silver lining. there's a new sense of optimism, and that's a fascinating dynamic here as well. >> we want next time for you to bring your grandmother. we want you to put her on the air for us. i have a quick question for ali because you're still wearing your flood jacket there. first of all, excellent coverage that you did out of new jersey. >> yeah. >> what are folks telling you about how the president has handled this disaster and the fact that mitt romney campaigned there in the state the very next day. >> yeah. as you know, he got some criticism for doing that. even though he made it into a food drive, which was really good, but there was some sense that it still had some campaign edge to it. it might have been a little too early, and, of course, although pictures on the news have been barack obama and chris christie, you know, and there are a lot of people saying -- i heard people say to me, that might look like if obama wins, that might look like the two guys that are
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running against. not two guys, but a president and another guy who is running for president four years from now. that has played very well. the bipartisanship or the lack of politics in the disaster relief seems to have played well. i want to underscore, we're in democratic country. >> what's so important about those photos is it does underscore what most swing voters here in ohio know or want to see from their government. people putting politics aside. getting it done. practical solutions. that's why those images will resonate. >> all right. john, ali, good to see you, guys, and john, again, next time we want to see grandmother. good to see you. one new york resident described superstorm sandy in just five words. displaced, sad, grateful, shock, and awe. we're going have more on the historic natural disaster. [ male announcer ] when was the last time something made your jaw drop?
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superstorm sandy making life extremely difficult for folks in new york and new jersey, even though not even directly
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affected by the storms. take a look at this. >> this is the line for the gas station in new jersey. >> that's crazy. gas lines stretching for blocks. some a mile long. look at that. a lot of people need gas. there's just not enough open gas stations. if waiting for an hour long in a car isn't bad enough, sometimes you have to stand in line to fill up gas canisters for their generators and chainsaws. another problem created by the storm, cell phone service. folks now are scrambling just to call their loved ones. want to bring in alison from the stock exchange. i was talking about this with our team here, and it's one of the things i would think is most disconcerting when you can't communicate either to your family to let them know you're okay. >> exactly. >> or to your friends or -- and cell phone service, you might even have a phone, might have a phone charged, but if there's no cell phone southwest in the area, you can't communicate. >> exactly.
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>> is that what a lot of people are dealing with now? >> i mean, whether you have a cell phone, whether you're impacted by the storm or not in this area, but, yeah, it's taken some people days to get in touch with their loved ones to say i'm okay, i made it through. it's incredible to think about how sandy actually wiped out a quarter of cell phone service right in her path. internet and cable service. yep, that's affected to. there's some bad news with this because things are assumed that they're going to be getting worse before they get better. that's according to the fcc commissioner. what's happening is these cell phone towers, they've been running on backup battery power. they're fuelled by generators, but the thing is the generate ors are in flooded locations, and people can't get to those generators to fill them up again with more gas. once these batteries died, the powers are iffing to go dark. now, all three of the nation's major cell phone carry yzs they're working aron the clock to get these towers back on-line and get this, in a rare moment of kumbaya, at&t and --
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customers can use whatever provider can give them the coverage in their area. now, this is, of course, happening all behind the scenes, so customers just dial out and never know what service they're using. >> wow. >> that's really extraordinary. we've been watching these people of people also kind of cooperate and getting together and plugging in at places from homes to stores, whatever they can use that's available. do we have an idea about how much all of this is going to cost, the storm. >> these are insanely huge numbers. equicat upped their estimate saying sandy-related damages could go as high as $30 billion to $50 billion. compare that to just $10 billion -- just -- for hurricane irene last year, and it's still going higher because businesses can't open because they don't have power. then you sort of pile on the water damage that's closed the subways and the tunnels in and around new york and new jersey. remember, it is normal for these early estimates to go higher and higher because it does take time to survey all the damage and really get a hand on these numbers. >> let's talk about jobs.
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we've got a preview, i believe, of the jobs report that's coming out tomorrow, and it looks fairly positive. what do we know? what do we expect for tomorrow? >> so, atp came out with this report today saying private employers added 158,000 jobs in october. that came in better than expected. it could be a good indicator of what's to come out tomorrow when the big government jobs report comes out just before the opening bell. that reading was for both public and private jobs. it's not as rosy. it puts the number anywhere from 105,000 to 130,000 jobs for the month of october. you know what, the reality is, suzanne, even with these gains, we're at this point where we're only adding enough to barry keep up with population growth, much less bring down unemployment in a significant way, but we are going to be watching this because it's the last jobs report before the election and you can bet both sides are going to try to find something in it to talk about to spin in their direction to make them look good. >> not surprising. thank you very much, alison. appreciate it.
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cat kinsman asked new yorkers to share their feelings about sandy in just five words. sad, grateful, shock, and awe. pablo johnson tweeted clean out those frijz, y'all. still have three beers left. the show must go on. we hope the show goes on. new yorkers trying to get their normal lives back as fast as they can. >> today we're really trying to get in and get back to the normal things. >> you normally walk over the brooklyn bridge to go to work? >> no. today i thought that was my best bet. >> we're going to have more on the damage and the recovery. what if there was a new way to deal with money that focused less on fees and more... on what matters? maybe your bank account is taking too much time and maybe it's costing too much money.
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people don't even realize that superstorm sandy has not yet again. chad myers track it from the cnn weather center. an extraordinary job. where is the storm? it's still brewing somewhere? what do you know about it? >> it truly has been absorbed into a different storm. that's kind of what happened to sandy in the first place. it got absorbed into the cold air mass. that's why we got so much snow with it. 36 inches was the biggest number i've seen. in some spots it's actually still snowing, but it has moved up into canada, and it will be long gone, and there are two more storms on the horizon. not hurricanes, but maybe coastal nor'easters, and there's another thing. i want you to think about this because it's going to get cold. when it gets colder, are you going to try to stay warm, and i need you to do it safely. you can't just turn on your oven, a gas oven, and open up the door and think that there's no carbon monoxide coming in your house, because it is, and it's going to be dangerous out
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there. we don't want to lose more people after the storm than we lost during the storm. that's always the potential. i want to take you right down to the ground. there's some disturbing pictures that just came out of noaa. this is what the beach looks like. this isn't that far from seaside heights. go back and forth. you see where there was a boardwalk. see where there were homes. literally one, two, three, four, homes, and then go to the after. this is before. the houses are moved. they're gone. foundations aren't even there. go up the beach a little bit. i think we have a marina here on the other side. this is still around seaside heights. there's boats. there's the water that came right across the shore. then one more spot. a little bit farther north. this is -- here's the roads too chadwick beach. highway 35 and literally that road isn't there anymore. there's one little house right there in the middle of an island. just disturbing. we just hope that people weren't there. these are all obviously mandatory evacuation areas. boy, that's tough. let's show you some animation.
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we have some before and after. back to seaside beach. it's -- you know, i don't think anybody really knows until we get on the ground and can show you aerials and that things are missing and aren't there anymore, but the issue is that these are people's lives, these are people's livelihoods and lifetime homes, homes that have been passed down for literally generations and many of them now those beaches are gone. going to be -- it's going to be a very long cleanup. you just can't take that sand now that's everywhere and move it back on to the beach. you can't throw it back out on the beach because there's nails and there's shrapnel in that stuff. chad, thank you so much. really appreciate it, again. it is going to be tough going for a lot of people, a lot of folks in this clean-up effort trying to get their lives back together and want to support them in that area. all week i reporters have been capturing remarkable images of the storm's destruction.
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this video here a viewer talked of a subway station that was inundated with water. crews are still trying to get the water out of these stations across lower manhattan. it is a very big job. this is what it looked like when a storm slammed into new york. this is monday night. water pouring in, turning streets into rivers. we're just getting new pictures of this all the time. here's a look at a scene from long beach, new jersey. furniture debreet littering the streets there. more and more people putting in giving us their video and sending in those i reports to get a much fuller picture of what took place on the ground there and just the impact that this storm had on so many people's lives. 700 patients evacuated out of a hospital with no elevators, no power, and it's just one more amazing story from this unprecedented disaster.
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sflimplts back now to the storm recovery in the northeast. much of you are still without electricity or working plumbing. those are not the conditions to run a major hospital, of course, so staff at bellevue decided they had to get everybody out. we're talking about more than 700 patients. our dr. sanjay gupta was there. >> broadside here at bellevue hospital, and i can tell you that an amazing process has unfolded over the last 24 hours. the evacuation of some 700 patients now nearly complete if not complete. just an amazing thing to see unfold. to move 700 patients without power, no elevators, none of the 200 elevators working, you might imagine very challenging. sometimes these patients to be carried. they were getting oxygen throughout the bags being squeezed. iv lines, people had to man these things. at the same time as the patients were coming down, they had to get fuel up. the generator up on the 13th
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floor had a fuel pump to that generator malfunctioned, did not work as a result of the flooding, so they really created this bucket for days to get fuel up to that generator and kept it going as long as they could. when they realized the fuel pumps simply were not fixable that's when the official evacuation was ordered. a lot of people asking how could this happen with all that we know about storms and even from the 2003 blackout? we pose that question to the head of the hospital corporation. here's how he answered. >> well, this was an unprecedented event. we weathered hurricane irene 14 or 15 months ago. with the same emergency preparations, and it didn't come close to endangering the hospital. this hospital sits 20 feet above sea level. we're actually 15 feet higher thannen nyu hospital because the terrain just rises slightly here, so it was obviously not anticipated that we would get a storm surge of this magnitude. >> now, one thing i should point out is that this is a hospital
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that sees some 125,000 patients in the e.r. every year. it's not going to be open for the next two to three weeks, according to hospital officials, so where do the sick patients go? that's where officials are starting to direct a lot of their attention now. back to you. >> thank you, sanjay. there are many ways you can help victims of the superstorm. we've listed a few of them in our impact your world website. go to cnn.com/impact if you would like to help. every vote, every voting block counts. we've talked about women, african-americans, latinos, but who are evangelicals getting behind this election? we're going to go live to the heartland to find out. ♪
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journal-maris poll showing president obama with a six-point lead over mitt romney in the state. poppy harlow talks from folks in two key grooepz groups in iowa about their choouz choice for president. catholics and evangelical christians. >> reporter: in the heart of des moines evangelical christians flock to grace church to talk faith, family, and the presidential election. >> honestly, what it all boils down to is what does the bible say and which candidate is going to follow the closest. >> for bob and rachel bradshaw, that candidate is mitt romney. >> i don't know how in his right mind the president could be for abortion the way he is and support same-sex marriage. est hard for me for someone who claims to be a christian -- >> don and jacques even have
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wrestled with their vote. >> my religious beliefs in all honesty don't go with either one. if anything it's probably going to end up being mitt romney. >> 57% of voters in the republican iowa caucuses identified themselves as evangelicals. they supported rick santorum over mitt romney. many uneasy over romney's moderate past on issues like abortion and his mormon faith. >> i think it concerns anybody who considers themselves an evangelical christian. >> reporter: but that was then. >> you previously said that the romney campaign snubbed social conservatives. >> i think he has proved himself that he has tried to make that outreach to social conservatives as well as economic conservatives. he has done a good job here in iowa. >> reporter: while iowan's evangelical voters seem to be moving into mitt romney's camp, here in traditionally democratic dubuque, the president may face more of a challenge. the catholic voters we spoke with here are split over issues like abortion, funding for
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contraception, and the government's role in providing for the poor. >> the life issues which many catholics, most catholics, hold dear and essential to their faith, but then there's this belief that remains that the democratic party somehow cares for the poor better. i think it comes down to that tension. >> reporter: how big a role does your catholic religion play in your vote? >> i think -- i -- the group nuns that i'm associated with to this day are pushing for obama. >> is it the -- >> it was very difficult. it bothered me for a long, long time. rirchlg as did the same-sex marriage issue. both of which she ultimately looked past. but for catholics, like ellen markum and her daughter, dawn, some issues are nonnegotiable. >> for me it's the life issue.
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i'm very pro-life, and i want an administration that supports that view. >> i would say sanctity of life and sanctity of marriage. >> reporter: poppy harlow is joining us from waterloo, iowa, and, poppy, latest poll showing the president is in the lead there. could it be evangelical christian voters who actually tipped in romney's favor could be the secret weapon? >> reporter: it absolutely could be, and, you know, it's interesting because we have seen this shift in terms of whether they will back romney or not, because they really didn't in the caucuses here. the group that i spoke with certainly is shifting. i will tell you, though, as you heard through the piece, some of them say, look, i am supporting mitt romney, but it's sort of the lesser of two evils. there is one woman that we also spoke to at grace church who says she is going to vote for mitt romney, but she does not believe he is a christian. that said, she thinks his beliefs align more with hers than do president obama's.
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interestingly, there was one evangelical voter that we met with, mike pike is his name, and he said that he is not going to vote for either candidate for the first time in his life because the two issues for hem are abortion and the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, and he thinks both candidates have failed on that front, and that hashingens back to romney's past being pretty moderate socially. suzanne. >> all right. poppy harlow, thank you very much. from plane to car to bruce springsteen for being the right-hand man for tony "sopranos" jim van zandt is a true son of -- we'll hear what he has to say about the devastation of sandy. that's coming up next in the next hour of "newsroom." you see us bank on busier highways. on once empty fields. everyday you see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand,
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where everything you ever loved as a child was under water? obviously, absolutely insane situation unfolded here in the new jersey, new york, tri-state, eastern seaboard. i was fortunate enough to make it through. millions still without power and water. thousands of displaced from their homes. here in manhattan the power is out downtown, or as we refer to it now little north korea. um suzanne malveaux. new video now of superstorm sandy's destruction. >> it's a lot of people out, you know that, don't have a home to go to. >> can the storm push the presidential election? that's coming up next.
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the state's hardest hit by superstorm sandy are just beginning what is sure to be a long and difficult recovery period. nowhere is that process more daunting than the jersey shore. the destruction there, it is massive. parts of the shoreline look like war zones. almost two million people are still without power. six people were killed. they're going house to house in the devastated communities. they are looking for people who might be trapped. steven van zandt, is he one of the more well known jersey shore natives. he is a member of bruce springsteen's e street band and grew up along the jersey shore, making music that has become symbolic of the region. he is also known to millions of tv viewers as the mobster sylvio in the hbo series "the "sopranos"." he is joining us by phone from new york. steven, good to have you here. obviously, you are in some ways people call you mr. new jersey, the face of jersey shore. where were you when this storm hit? how did you fair?
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>> well, i have been living in new york for a while now, and i was there downtown where our power is still off, and, you know, took me a day or two to tune in to actually see all the devastation of our hometown there, our whole home area, and it's extraordinary. it's just shocking, you know, and, you know, you have to be very, very proud of the volunteers and fire department and police and our governor and everybody who is working so hard to try and salvage what they can. it's just amazing to see the entire -- you know, every place you went to as a kid is just gone. >> it's interesting. you say that. john stewart just made a joke about it saying every place you know as a kid, everything you love is under water. is that in some ways how people are looking at this.
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what are your family, what are your friends saying to you? what kind of conversations are you having now as you have reached out to people in your community? >> well, you know, i have spoke tony several people down there, and, you know, it's just as bad as it looks. everyone is just trying to get through this, you know, obviously the power coming back is the main thing right now, to get people started. back towards rebuilding their lives, and we are, of course, talking about what we can do to help, you know, very proud of our record as far as the music business, you know, always finds a way to help, and we will find a way for help with this as well. >> i want to talk about that because it really is amazing. this is a storm that hit just days ago, and already nbc is airing a benefit concert that features the boss and jon bon jovi and christina aguilera. are you going to be performing
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with the e street band. can you give us a sense of how this came together so quickly? >> the telethon on nbc, it was announced this morning, and we're going to be a part of it, and we're proud to be a part of it, and i think johnny bon jovi and from what i have heard -- i haven't talked to johnny, but i talked to billy joel, and i know billy had his hands full out on long island as well. it's not just new jersey, obviously. it's long island and parts of new york. it's all up and down the coast. so, yeah, that -- i'm glad nbc is going to do this thing and we're going to be a part of it. >> why did you decide to participate? i mean, clearly this seems like this is a very emotional connection for you. this is your home. >> very much so. i mean, we literally grew up
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there, and, you know, all these pictures you are seeing on the news, that's where we grew up. and learned our craft. you know, i mean, we would be helping anyway. you know, we -- again, i'm very proud of the fact that it's always there when something happens and, you know, attention is needed. in this case, of course, it's doubly so because it is where we grew up and it's just amazing. it's always been flooded from time to time, but there's nothing quite like this. we have to start thinking about the future here. this is probably not going to be the last of this type of storm. the classic situation that everybody has been warning us
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about, global climate change, and this is exactly what it looks like, you know? i think it's something that we need to really start seriously thinking about and start looking at just, you know, our infrastructure. this cannot continue to be this fragile. i don't know. i just feel government does have a role to play, you know, in spite of what we hear from some of these politicians. you know, yes, the government needs to protect us, it needs to, you know, create a vision for the future and organize that future, organize that vision, but also create the infrastructure. >> right. >> of our country. you know? and we need to really look at that and, you know, this idea that this role goes back to the states, you know, it's not a federal government role is absurd, and this is the proof of it. you know? >> yeah. let me ask you this, because we thought your governor, new
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jersey chris christie and the president touring together in these de stated parts of your community. what do you make of that when you saw that -- republican and democrat working alike. that's why we're proud of governor christie, and we're proud of president obama. i mean, these two guys, you know, they put politics aside. they realized that this is something that -- this is what should be happening. everything else is just properly put aside, you know? he is out there on the stump for romney, and that's understandable as far as party loyalty goes, but also to understand that you can't just get rid of fema. you know? i mean, you know? there are certain things that
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romney is talking about that is absurd, you know? >> do you think the president deserves another four years? >> yeah. yeah, i do. i think it's a very difficult situation for everybody, but i think it's going -- it calls for a president who understands that there is a role for the government to play, and we're looking at it right now. you know? and that's the bottom line. i think, you know, as disappointed as we all may have been and what got accomplished these last four years, you know, there's reasons for that, and the opposition has been just not playing by the old political rules of compromise and that has been really unfortunate, so obama is going to have to find a way around that, but the truth of the matter is he is the only one that has the vision of what
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a government's role is and should be. >> steven, i want to -- we are going to be looking out for you, obviously. your performance is coming up there to help generate funds and awareness for the victims and the survivors of this storm. we all loved you on ""sopranos"." any other projects coming up? >> well, thank you. well, i have the lily hammer show on netflix that we talked about last time i talked to. >> yeah. >> that's doing very well, and i have this big rascals from a the 1960s reunion. no one has seen the span of 40 years, and very proud to bring that back. they are one of the groups that got me into the business, the first rock m roll band i err saw, and we're doing six shows with them at the newly restored capital theater in portchester in december. >> okay. >> and very proud of that. they were very involved in the civil rights movement and they
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made me politically aware back then in the 1960s, and we're bringing back the four original members of the rascals. >> oh, great. >> good to talk to you, again. we failed to mention, we had talked before earlier in the show, so really appreciate it. we hope you get your power back and then everything works out for you and your family and your friends, and obviously we'll be supporting the money that you're going to be raising for awareness and to help those folks that are out there in the region. >> thank you. thank you, cnn, for supporting this very, very worthwhile cause. >> thank you, steven. appreciate it. >> here's what we're working on for this hour. >> just five days until the election. will it come down to ohio? plus this. >> manhattan, partially paralyzed after superstorm sandy flooded parts of the city. the fight for taxis, buses, and subway rides as people start returning to work. in blind taste tests, even ragu users chose prego. prego?! but i've bought ragu for years.
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so i brought it to mike at meineke. we gave her car a free road handling check. i like free. free is good. my money. my choice. my meineke. superstorm sandy disrupted a campaign for both the president and mitt romney, and the election just five days away. candidates are shifting back now
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to campaign mode. president obama, he held a rally in green bay, wisconsin. that was just a short time ago. now he is headed to vegas and on to denver. mitt romney, he is at railly with supporters in roanoke, virginia, and he has two other stops in that battleground state today. both the president and romney express concern for those now struggling from that storm, but they also renewed their attacks. take a listen. >> a lot of people lost their lives. a lot of families in the devastated, a lot of homes have been lost and property lost and our hearts go out to the people who are suffering. i know that the boem folks are chanting four more years, four more years, but our chant is this. five more days. >> no democrats or republicans during a storm. there are just fellow americans.
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leaders of different parties working to fix what's broken. neighbors helping neighbors cope with tragedy and a spirit that says in the end we're all in this together. we rise or fall in one nation. governor romney has been using all his talents as a salesman to dress up these very same policies that failed our country so badly. the very same policies we've been cleaning up the last four years. >> candy crowley, host of cnn's "safety union." we've been watching this. five more days. we're counting them down. it's the president's first day back in the fray. tell us about this balancing act that he has to do here as role of comforter in chief and at the same time he is reapplying for his job, and he is running out of time. >> right. i think a couple of things are going to here. you saw with both of them they
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both mentioned the storm victims. certainly there is still people suffering. there are still all these electrical outages all across the east coast. people without their homes, people without their lively hoodz, et cetera. they both mentioned that, and then they go right into campaign mode. they're more and more positive about the vision of america, and i think that will help, but i don't think either one of them have had too much of a problem as we saw in both those -- in all those clips kind of balancing the disaster of the storm against what is necessary in campaigning. >> i want to talk a little bit about the optics here, what things look like.
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it does give a sense of maybe somebody on the ground that is getting stuff done, who is dealing with this emergency situation, and then you've got the pictures of him and governor christie together as buds almost going to touring the worst of jersey shore and the other damage there. what do you make of it, candy? how do you think these images play to voters? >> it always helps with voters being able to imagine somebody in the oval office, and clearly you don't have to do that with president obama. he has been there almost four years. the imagery around the presidency is awesome, we know that. we also know when disasters happen, as both these men said, america comes together. i know that in new jersey and new york and connecticut, down the east coast, there will be some problems with voting. they will figure it out. they known for a couple of days
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it was coming. i find it hard to believe that on the basis of a president doing his job, essentially, that suddenly it's going to sway huge numbers of votes elsewhere, so while i see the storm affecting the voting in terms of, like, actual places people can go, actual voting places with electricity along the east coast, i don't see the overall presidential picture changing because of the storm and because of the president's doing his job. >> thank you, candy. great segue because we're going to talk about five days from the election, and we have a new report that finds that dozens of people in palm beach county, florida, that requested absentee ballots, they're still waiting for them. joe johns, who is in washington, is he keeping an eye on voter irregularities. you're looking at voter irregularities. sandy brought up a good point, too, which is whether or not people are actually going to be able to get to the polls in time to vote because of all the mess
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from this storm. what are you seeing big picture how this is shaking out some. >> well, you know, let's start with palm beach county, florida. some people will remember, suzanne, it was one of the flash points in the 2000 election leading up to the supreme court decision that essentially was deciding the election in bush versus gore. as you know, we're rolling out the cnn vote watch for 2012 right now putting a spotlight on the voting controversies and election issues, and we wanted to get on the record with our very latest reporting about palm beach. they're ordering the re -- this has been going on. it's almost resolved, but now, as you mentioned, tlaz new problem. a handful of voters we don't know exactly how many, have reported that they never received absentee ballots that they requested. the democratic source on the ground in palm beach told us on the phone today that this issue has actually been resolved, that those people who requested the
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absentee ballots have still gotten them. you know, we reached out to the palm beach that has been cooperative with us in the past. i have to say that. we're looking in that. state by state it's a mixed bag, and everybody is trying to figure out what they're going to be able to do as we move closer to election day. especially because of the storm. >> a lot of us have been keeping a close eye on the early votes process before election day. can you explain to us actually how that is count and whether or not that count comes -- the official count comes after everybody has voted. how does that work? just about everything when you talk about the big election day happened state to state and sometimes county to county. so it's kind of a mixed bag. you talk to, you know, one state they'll say one thing and another state will say something else. bottom line is they have to get those votes out at least by the end of election night, and they'll do that by downloading whether it's an electronic
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device or it's a punch ballot device. they'll get those votes and tabulate them by election day. we talked to the folks in north carolina. we've been using them a lot because they seem kind of cross-sectional and organized with their information. they say their state generally counts votes on election night. they use both punch ballot and electronic voting, and they download from the machines on the close of business then. >> all right. sounds a little messy, but it's probably going to be a messy process to get all the votes in and counted. thank you, joe. good to see you. >> we'll let you weigh in on how the storm has affected your opinion of the candidate, if at all. cnn has partnered with facebook to create a new app called "i'm voting." it asks you to commit to voting. we want to you vote. second, shows you how your friends, neighbors feel about a whole host of things. just go to my face would being page, facebook.com/suzannecnn. click on the i'm voting app. today you'll see this question. is it too soon to be campaigning after superstorm sandy? you can click yes, they should
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sad news. the u.s. death toll from superstorm sandy jumped today by at least 20 people. 81 deaths are now blamed on the mrooding, the accidents, the devastating wind that all came with this superstorm. also in 15 states in d.c. more than four million households still with no power. want to get to bellmawr, new jersey, not far from asbury park. jim clancy is there. jim, you talked to the mayor of bellmawr. how are things going? >> reporter: i'm just looking
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right now. amazing scene as front loaders are dumping sand, taking away from the residents' homes and taking it to the beach where it used to be, working on this, and i'm talking about dozens of trucks, dozens of bulldozers in order to push the sand back to try to reclaim her city and its famous boardwalk that has now totally destroyed, completely ripped up by hurricane sandy. this is a small town of about 6,000 people. about 60,000, though, in the summer months. this town is a bowl, and it collects water. as a result medical record to recover from this, it got to save the flooded homes missed the town by pumping that water out. there's massive pumps that are working on it. some of it were deployed during katrina. they're pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons out of two lakes that are inside, and,
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therefore, draining that interior bowl. the word today is really reconstruction, and they are tackling this aggressively. tell me where all the sand goes. do you move the sand and recreate the beach? how does that work? >> well, there's a huge problem mayor matt dougherty said if there's any wood in there with nails in it or something, they literally will have to sift this sand with they are bare hands. people will have to go lou it to determine that it's safe. there's still a lot of work to be done, but, yes, they're shifrting it here on ocean avenue from one side to the other. they're going to push the debris in the town to ocean avenue then and then truck it all away. that's the strategy that they have. the mayor said it's the aggressive approach that he heard governor christie -- chris christie wanted him to take, and
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that was do whatever it takes to get the job done. >> do they have enough people to get the job done? are they bringing in workers from other places? i mean, how on earth do they deal with something this massive? >> there are scores and scores of working here that are in the pumps, some of them in the water, positioning the -- others are positioning new pipelines. they run from the lake and take it to the sea shore. they're literally cutting the sea wall to make space for these pipelines to go through. the water just pours and pours back into the sea. they're trying to reclaim their town. >> one of the things, the most remarkable pictures that we have seen is of this amusement park
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in the water. the roller coaster in the atlantic ocean. how do people respond? how do they react when they see something so huge and iconic and massive just uprooted like that? >> that's just 15 miles south of bellmawr. bellmawr only had a promenade, a boardwalk, if you will, but it was very mere and dear to them, and well decorated with lighting and all the stores and the shops across from the sea shore. you know, it's a big deal for this town too. they may not have as much, like you say. i mean, to see a roller coaster sitting on the atlantic ocean or a pharfair ferris wheel in the atlantic ocean is truly disheartening, but in talking with the residents here they know they just have to get over it. suzanne, they have to rebuild. they're determined to do it. it's a daunting task.
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million registered voters. a recent poll shows president obama ahead of mitt romney in ohio. 50% to 45%. anything can happen in the final days. our don lemon is in dayton. 150,000 people not too far east of indiana. great to see you. tell us what's up. you talked to early voters. what's the vibe? >> reporter: i knew you were going to say what's the vibe? what's the vibe? i'll show you the vibe. look, there are people back there voting, suzanne, and let me show you the real vibe out here. i mean, honestly, look at this place. there's been an ebb and flow all day, but it's mostly been very busy. you know, at times there are fewer people, but to my right here, which is your left on tv, there is an fl there's like a little auditorium so people have been showing up here, and to be honest with you, they're really excited. they come in in and ask us, hey, you guys cnn? we love you. some people thought we were from channel 7, the local station,
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but they are excited to vote, and i think most people are glad to have it out of the way. i've done my duty as an american, and my voes is cast. >> what are some of the reasons that they give you for voting early? i mean, is it -- you say get it done, out of the way. are they looking at other things and thinking, you know, it's going to be a real mess on tuesday? why the passion to vote early this go-round? >> yeah. let's give you a better picture so you can see the people back here. a lot of reasons. you never know what the weather is going to be like here. today it's warm. it's in the 40s. that's warm for here. it's been, like new york the 30s since we got here on monday. they don't know what the weather is going to be like on election day. they don't know what responsibilities they're going to have as far as their jobs or what can come up. you know, their car might break down or somebody can get sick or what have you. a number of different reasons. plus, they're watching the television. they've been watching sandy. they know what's happening on the east coast. they want to make sure that they
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get their vote cast before election day just in case something happens. that's the truth. >> and, don, you have been actually trying to assess kind of the ground game, as they call it. do you have any sense of who has more momentum at this point? the president's side? romney's side? is there any particular candidate that's more organized than the other? can you tell? >> reporter: i'm glad you're asking me that. first, i'm going start with the who has the momentum. what do you think both sides are saying, suzanne? you've doppler this. the people on the obama side say we've got the momentum iffing spoo it. we're going to win. early voting. s we started it last 2008. we started that trend. then the romney people are going to say, well, listen, this is the first time. we're iffing to turn this state red this time, and we're going to keep it red. as far as organization -- who is more organized, it depends on the game. the obama people i think are more concentrated now on volunteers so that they can get people actually out voting on election day. they think they sort of have run the course on early voting.
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they're still trying there, but they think they can get more people -- by the way, when you hear that, suzanne, that's a first-time voter when they start applauding. that's a first-time voter. if you come in, yeah, it's a big cheer. as far as the romney people, they think that they have the momentum when it comes to early voting. they think that they have the momentum because they've got the phone banks. they're ought mate the and quick on the phone. they've got it down. the thing is, we don't really know. you don't have to declare here. in georgia you don't have to declare there. no one really knows. >> do they get a sticker, too, the i voted sticker as well? >> reporter: come here. i'm glad you asked that. mr. garcia, this is jorge garcia. >> all right. >> reporter: he gives you a parking pass and what do you say? >> thank you for voting. >> yeah. all right. don, i'm going to leave it there. thank you, don. >> thanks again. >> see you. all right, suzanne. bye. many people are lining up to vote across the country.
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what are you waiting for? this is big news. getting from here to there, new york, a lot more difficult after sandy. how is the city's metropolitan transility authority say only 14 of 23 subway lines are now running. 4,000 buses picking up some of the slack, at least. rob marciano is reporting on how new yorkers are coping with all these transit troubles and the power outages. >> reporter: suzanne, it is day three now in lower manhattan black-out and mass transit shutdown. of course, north of 34th street the subways are running on a limited basis, but here the green line, the orange line, that's certainly shut down. the buses have been an issue, for sure. just getting on one has been a
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challenge. long lines, pushing and shoving. people are getting over lower manhattan and getting their morning or afternoon snacks here trying to get life back to usual, but brooklyn bridge, a lot of foot traffic coming over, and here's what folks who are making that commute via foot had to say. >> today everybody is trying to get in and get back to the normal thing. >> do you normally walk over the brooklyn bridge to go to work? >> no, i don't, but this morning i thought that was my best bet. >> normally the r-train 35 minutes door to door. today i'm expecting a two-hour walk. >> you're okay with the walk? >> absolutely. i'm worried about getting home. hopefully fwak home. hoefrlly trains, buses started working. we'll do it. >> started off walking the bridge. i hope to find a bus on the other side. then the subway in midtown. that's the plan. i don't know how long it will take, but that's the plan. >> a cool, crisp sunny day, so for the most part new yorkers making that commute by foot in
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decent spirits. of course, if this goes on for another week, that situation may change. that area, of course, without power. it's also the heart beat of the city. big buildings like the municipal building which really runs the city. you have the federal and county courts down here as well. city hall is running on generation power. this area still dark and probably will be for now day and a half, two days. the issues are with people that live in upper floors, 15 , 20 stories up, and if you are old or immobile, that makes it difficult to go up and down those stairs, so get your supplies and on top of that, suzanne, temperatures are going to drop this weekend to near freezing and surviving the cold at night will be a problem as well. back to you, suzanne. >> rob, imagine losing your car, not having a way to get to work. with some subways down and the buses packed, many new yorkers finding themselves trapped or either walking long distances just to get around. >> i walk from queens over here. >> put that in perspective for me. what kind of walk was that?
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storm victims in new york and new jersey, they are scrambling to call loved ones, but they can't because their cell service has been knocked out. but that could change for many of them in a rare move. at&t and t-mobile have now agreed to share networks so that customers will have a better chance of actually getting service. commuters also getting some good news. chad myers is joining us with new information about how folks are getting around some some of the difficult areas. chad. >> at least uptown is moving. you get down to 34th street and then below that and it's tough. i mean, i have looked at traffic and the lines are all red, which means cars are barely moving, but let's go uptown and look at the subways, the a, the 1 train
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all doing very, very well. if we gl farther to the south, 34th street is the cutoff. that's where nothing is really going south. there's no power south of here. you get across to the other side, you go over to brooklyn into queens, and all of a sudden you do have some traffic coming in going to three separate bus locations and the buses are taking people over to lower manhattan. there's another issue down here, the a-train down towards the rockaways. there's just iffing to be an issue here for a long time because that's what the train track looks like. there's just a sloop right in through here. there's no support. that bridge is gone, and there's so much debris. boats literally washed up on shore. come back over here to south ferry. we'll show you a picture what this looks like. yeah, that's going down the escalator, and that's where the water is right there. it is still quite a mess there across lower manhattan. traffic is actually moving, southern manhattan. the bridges are moving. we're not doing too badly here. one more thing to talk about, there you go, some of the
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traffic moving around there. i want to talk to you about airports because finally we did get la guardia open, and so here, we did get some arrivals here. dailia air, the 2048 from detroit arrived already. i'm going to scroll up and up. we're going to go to the closer arrivals now. all those words over there, canceled, canceled. air wisconsin, ahs sirways, mesa air, canceled, canceled. yet, there's probably hundreds of them and then we get to the delays. then there are still some en route. we have about 65 planes. this is a miracle. la guardia looks like a lake, and now it's moving. >> well, at least you have some planes moving. thank you, chad. appreciate it. >> superstorm sandy's timing really not the best here. the presidential election only five days away, so people in the northeast we are focussing on recovering. in colorado they are working to get the vote out. these months they are walking the walk, not just talking the talk. first, sneak peek at what you can expect for this weekend's next list. ♪
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the race of president basically in a dead heat in colorado. polls show a virtual tie. mitt romney at 48%. president obama at 47%. it is no surprise that both campaigns fighting real hard for every last vote. we caught up with the most covet voters. who are they? suburban denver moms who are registered independents. >> with the crunch of fall leaves beneath jogging strollers, this group of colorado moms self described mountain mamas make the first lap chatting about the final leg in the race for president. >> very torn. >> you're torn? undecided? >> definitely undecided. >> that makes her the coveted prize by both parties. she's a registered independent, a suburban mom in the key swing county of jefferson. >> knocks on the door, mail, tv
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are the tipping point one way or the other? >> reporter: for you it was? >> for me it was a little bit of both. >> reporter: registered independent laura is voting for obama. her running mates voted early. how did you vote if you voted already? >> i voted for romney. >> i feel like it's a lot of things in our economy that need to be worked on and i feel like obama has had a lot of great talk but not as much that's been done. >> reporter: with just days left, there are fewer and fewer people. you feel like they're fighting over you? >> little bit more, yeah, yeah i do. >> reporter: the state's nine electoral votes could hang in the balance and so could the election. cnn, lakewood, colorado. >> really pretty out there. election days away. candidates back on the trail. we asked, is it too soon to be campaigning after hurricane san sandy? your answers up next. a crash mam and the world's only tridion safety cell
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so we asked you to weigh in on what the candidates campaigning after superstorm sandy. cnn has a new app with facebook called i'm voting. it shows you how friends and neighbors feel about a whole host of issues and today we asked is it too soon to be campaigning after superstorm sandy? here's how you responded. 67% said, no, the election is just a few days away. 36% said, yes, they should focus on helping storm victims. it is not a reflection of the whole country but a way to check in and see how you stack up. here's some of the comments you left, as well. don writes, as harsh as it sounds you have to keep going. these disasters are not going to break the human spirit until we let them. cheryl lin says my personal opinion is to stop all campaigning and use the